Oct. 6, 2022 – Cory J. Wesley, an Oak Park resident involved with a number of community organizations, has been selected to fill the remainder of the term of former Village Trustee Arti Walker-Peddakotla, who recently resigned citing health concerns.
Wesley’s name will be presented to the Village Board next Monday for a vote. His nomination was announced by Village President Vicki Scaman, who under state statute has the authority to nominate a replacement within 60 days of a vacancy on the Village Board.
Wesley is an 11-year resident of Oak Park who first and foremost describes himself as a father, husband and community volunteer.
He is currently the Chairman of the Oak Park Economic Development Corporation’s Board of Directors and Co-President of the Southeast Oak Park Community Organization (SEOPCO). He serves as a board member for Oak Leyden Developmental Services and the Oak Park Pro Bono Network and is a Commissioner on the Village’s Civic Information Systems Commission.
Wesley’s community involvement also includes serving as a volunteer mentor with Oak Park and River Forest High School’s Business Incubator and with Austin College & Career Academy High School and Hyde Park Academy High School.
Wesley ran for Village Trustee in the 2019 consolidated election and finished as the first runner-up to Walker-Peddakotla and current Village Trustees Susan Buchanan and Jim Taglia. If appointed, Wesley’s term will expire in April 2023.
Professionally, Wesley has more than 20 years of experience in Information Technology. He is a ServiceNow Solutions Architect and business consultant with his software consulting firm, TekVoyant. He is also a podcast host and a mentor for Black IT professionals looking to join the ServiceNow software ecosystem.
Wesley was born and raised in the Lawndale neighborhood on Chicago’s west side. The middle of three boys, he credits the mentorship of his family, and especially his older cousins, for his ability to find success in a society that he notes can be stacked against young Black men.
If appointed to the Village Board, Wesley says he will employ his philosophy of leading with empathy while sharing his knowledge of technology and keen understanding of systems to drive change in Oak Park and beyond.